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Common Core

Common Core is an initiative that will help move our educational process into the 21st century with true critical thinking and an enhancement of the academic process in our schools.  With the addition of the Catholic Initiative (from St John's University in New York) we can utilize Common Core to bring our faith closer to our curriculum in all subjects.


About the Common Core Standards

The Mission Statement of Common Core is to "provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy."


*Letter on Common Core by Kirsten Baesler, State Superintendent - ND Department of Public Instruction.

*ND Department of Public Instruction - Common Core Page



Common Core at Light of Christ

Here at the Light of Christ Catholic Schools of Excellence we have chosen to adopt the Common Core Standards as a 'foundation.'  This foundation will allow all of the schools in our system to develop a common basis to build upon.  Since we are a private school, we are not mandated to comply with Common Core, its required textbooks, lessons, etc.  Instead, we are able to use the CC Standards, which provide a helpful outline and interaction between the various subject matters, along with textbooks and resources that aline with our Catholic Faith, to engage our students in the critical thinking process.  


A national working group has begun the Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative (CCCII) to develop and disseminate resources and guidelines to assist Catholic elementary and secondary schools in integrating elements of Catholic identity (Catholic values, Scripture, Church social teachings, encyclicals, etc.) into curriculum and instruction based on the Common Core State Standards.


The initial phase of CCCII focuses on K-8 English/Language Arts/ Literacy. Resources for other subjects and for 9-12 curriculum will be developed in later phases.



Common Core Assessment

Since standardized tests will begin to use Common Core style questions in their exams, it will be important for our students to be familiar with the structure of Common Core.  Currently, a few different firms are vying to develop the assessment tools that will be used for Common Core.  Here are a couple (they provide sample test questions):


*Smarter Balanced

   -->Newly Released Practice Tests

    -->North Dakota SELECTS Smarter Balanced for CCSS Assessments!



Helpful Articles:


"Common Core" APPS for Mobile Devices!

Interested in learning more about Common Core on your mobile devices?  Click the links below to be redirected to sites with more info;)



"Catholic Identity Initiative" - Common Core Town Hall Meeting

The items listed below were presented at the Town Hall meeting on Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at the Cathedral Parish Basement:


*Powerpoint presentation on the "Introduction to the Common Core State Standards" - given by Mari Friggen, Missouri River Education Cooperative (MREC)


*Powerpoint presentation on "CC FAQs and the Catholic Identity Initiative" - given by Dr. Rick Kruska, LOCCSE Superintendent


*A Summary and FAQs from the Meeting!